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SPSS 2014 : International Conference on Science and Practice of Strength Sports


When Jun 19, 2014 - Jun 22, 2014
Where Twickenham, London
Submission Deadline Mar 21, 2014
Notification Due Apr 21, 2014
Final Version Due May 7, 2014
Categories    weightlifting   bodybuilding   strength science   powerbuilding

Call For Papers

Imagine Strength Sports Science, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strongman and Bodybuilding together in the same venue. This has never been done before. Then keep imagining further:
- The renowned sports scientist Natalia Verkhoshansky discussing the ins and outs of the General Adaptation Syndrome;
- The coaches of the two most powerful nations in the Powerlifting World (Sergey Ivanov for Russia and Leonid Kotendzhi for Ukraine) teaching you Powerlifting;
- One of the best Weightlifting coaches in the US (John Broz) teaching you Weightlifting;
- The Performance Nutritionist of the English Institute of Sport (Joseph Agu) telling you all about nutrition for Bodybuilding, Strength and Power;
- The reigning World Strongest Man in the -105 kg cat (Ben Kelsey) lecturing on Strongman training and planning;
- The head coach of the Great Britain Weightlifting team (Tamas Feher) speaking about Weightlifting;
And further still:
- daily debate panels with VIP speakers going over hot topics in the strength world;
- free workshops (Paul Comfort from Salford Uni. is speaking about development of force and rate of force development in the context of injury prevention & rehab; and there's more on the way);
- free demos (Girevoy Sport Union is doing kettlebell training, and Tom Whittaker and Ali Jawad will be teaching you how to bench press; and more coming soon);
- special 1-hour presentations by SPSS' own organizing team on all topics strength-related;
- dedicated seminars (separate registration) by the world's best on Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Strongman.

If you are at all interested in Strength, this is one opportunity you can't miss.
So send us your paper on any of the featured strength sports, or a workshop/demo/seminar proposal. Or you can just come and watch all the action.

Also remember sponsor opportunities are available: you have the chance to sponsor some of the best names in the strength world, to have your products displayed in high-profile seminars and to a very specialized audience, and much more.

Please read below for details on the event and what you can expect to find at SPSS 2014. We are happy to answer any questions and look forward to hearing from you.

With best regards,

Maria Giao

Phone: +351 96 160 5531 / +351 96 160 4214

1.a) When and Where?
1.b) What exactly?
1.c) Why?
1.d) Satellite Events: Workshops, Demos, Seminars
1.e) Keynote Lectures and Round Tables
1.f) Special Presentations
1.g) The Expo
1.h) Sponsors and Partners
1.i) Social Events
1.j) Accommodation


This is a 4-day event happening at St. Mary's University College (SMUC), Twickenham, London, June 19-22 2014:
The organization is a joint effort between the UK and Portugal, with Jon Goodwin heading the local team.

SPSS features a "pure" strength science track dedicated to advanced research topics, as well as 4 application tracks for each one of the featured strength sports:

TRACK 1: Strength Sports Science
TRACK 2: Weightlifting
TRACK 3: Powerlifting
TRACK 4: Strongman
TRACK 5: Bodybuilding

(detailed track structure at:
One of SPSS's main goals is for the theoretical and practical tracks to communicate and to merge as much as possible. As such, joint efforts between research institutions and strength sports industry players are especially encouraged.

1.c) WHY?
- To combine theoretical strength science aspects with practical, "in-the-trenches" experience from coaches and athletes in a formal, serious, scientific structure. In other words, to bring together both sides of the strength community.

- To register the practical experience from coaches, athletes, and industry players developing all kinds of products (from strength equipment like barbells to nutritional supplements) in a formal way (e.g. practitioner report paper) and make it accessible to the general strength community.

- To fill the need for a public, freely available, high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific body of knowledge for strength sports. The proceedings of SPSS (a research report book and a practitioner report book) will be made available on-line and for free. These proceedings will be published under an ISBN number.

- To spotlight ground-breaking work by athletes and coaches working at the forefront of strength sports. Research scientists, as well as general consumers, not to mention fellow athletes and coaches, can only benefit from attending dedicated, practical satellite events built on top of the regular conference tracks. SPSS will feature workshops and seminars by well-known athletes and coaches on very specific topics.

- To bring strength sports industry-related work to research scientists and vice-versa through various networking actions. There will be an exhibition where selected brands, equipment manufacturers and institutions will be invited to display their products. Research supporting these products will be invited under the form of practitioner reports.

- To give special attention to the ever-increasing use of computer tools in strength sports analysis.

SPSS will feature several seminars, demos, and workshops for most or all tracks.

- Sergey Ivanov - Powerlifting (
- Leonid Kotendzhi - Powerlifting (
- John Broz - Weightlifting (
- Ben Kelsey - Strongman (

(More seminars and details are coming soon)

DEMOS (free for all event delegates):
- Girevoy Sport Union (GSU) - kettlebell training (
- Tom Whittaker and Ali Jawad from British Weightlifting / IPC Powerlifting - Bench Press demo & lecture (

WORKSHOPS (free for all event delegates):
- Development of Force and Rate of Force Development: Implications for Assessment, Performance, and Management of Injury Risk and Rehabilitation
by Paul Comfort, University of Salford, UK
- Force, Velocity, and Power Characteristics of the Hang Power Clean: How to Use a Relatively Inexpensive Force Plate System to Obtain These and More by Jason Lake, University of Chichester, UK

SPSS will feature keynote lectures, about 1 per track, given by well-known specialists. These are 1-hour sessions with Q&A from the audience, and available to all participants. The keynote speakers will also attend the discussion panels/round tables where, together with the program chairs, they will engage in discussion of hot topics and answer questions from the audience.
Confirmed so far are:

- Natalia Verkhoshansky, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Natalia will be speaking about the General Adaptation Syndrome and its role in Strength Sports.

- Sergey Ivanov, Vladimir State University, Russian Federation
Sergey is the Russian Powerlifting Team Chief Coach and will be speaking about Powerlifting, and holding a practical seminar as well.

- Leonid Kotendzhi, Berdyansk State Pedagogical University, Ukraine
Leonid is a Head Coach at the Ukrainian National Powerlifting Team and will also be speaking about Powerlifting and holding a practical seminar.

- John Broz, Average Broz's Gymnasium, USA
John is one of USA's best and most well-known Weightlifting coaches. He will be guest-lecturing and holding a seminar on Weightlifting.

- Joseph Agu, English Institute of Sport (EIS), UK
Joseph is a nutrition consultant specialising in fat loss, muscle gain and performance nutrition. He will be guest-lecturing on Nutrition for Bodybuilding, Strength and Power.

- Ben Kelsey, Oxford Personal Trainer, UK
Ben Kelsey is the reigning World Strongest Man in the -105 kg category, having won the title in 2013. He will be guest-lecturing and holding a seminar about Strongman.

- Tamas Feher, British Weight Lifting, UK
Tamás is the Head Coach for the Great Britain Weightlifting National Male and Female squads. He will be guest-lecturing on Weightlifting.

The SPSS team will be delivering several 1-hour special talks ( about hot topics in the strength world:

- Jon Goodwin will lecture on "Dynamic Systems Theory: A Constraints Driven Approach To Coaching Weightlifting"
- Daniel Cleather will explain why "Leopards Squat With Their Toes Out"
- Lon Kilgore calls your attention to "Mind The Gap: What We Know And Don't Know About Pulling A Bar"
- Richard Blagrove will teach you how to be "Primed for Action: Novel Strategies to Acutely Enhance Explosive Power Performance"
- Adam Spence will speak about "Creative Movement Solutions: An Integral Aspect of Strength and Conditioning Practice"

And there are several more on the way.

There will be an expo where selected brands, equipment manufacturers and institutions will be invited to display their products/technologies/work.
The expo will be located at St. Mary's Tennis Hall, the conference centre where (almost) everything happens. If you represent a company or institution involved in strength science research and education, sports or industry, this is the right place for you to be. Find more information at
Early bird rate is available until March 7.

Becoming a sponsor gives you the opportunity to propel your business and the chance to make part of the first event bringing together strength sports' theory and practice. You have the chance to sponsor some of the best names in the strength world, to have your products displayed in high-profile seminars and to a very specialized audience, and much more.
For more information please take a look at:
SPSS is also looking for a few select partners to grow together with the event. Details at:

SPSS will feature 2 major social events: the Conference Dinner on June 21, and the National Party on June 20. Networking is crucial to the progress of any kind of field, and we keep that in mind.

Coming to the conference and looking for a place to stay in London? The residences at St. Mary's University College offer a very convenient and affordable option:


The paper submission deadline is strict and already next week: March 7 2014 (GMT time zone).

You can submit papers of two types: scientific research papers (RPs) and practitioner reports (PRs):
Scientific research papers (RPs) focus on advanced strength science research topics (biomechanics, physiology, biochemistry, computer tools, training theory, etc...) mainly on the scientific research track. This is the kind of work being done at highly specialized research institutions like Universities and laboratories.
Practitioner reports (PRs) focus on the practical experience from strength sports coaches, athletes and industry, mainly on topics within one or more of the 5 practical tracks. This is the kind of practical work being done by strength athletes and coaches all over the world (planning and methodology, applied nutrition protocols, exercise technique, strength sports sociology and psychology, etc...), as well as industry players developing all kinds of products (from strength equipment like barbells and dumbbells to nutritional supplements).

RPs and PRs can be submitted in one of two versions - extended abstracts (EAs) or full papers (FPs):
Extended abstracts have a maximum of 4 pages, are not published in any of the Proceedings Books (hence no ISBN), and have a 15-minute presentation slot at the conference.
Full Papers have a minimum of 8 pages and a maximum of 16 pages, are published in one of the Proceedings Books (RP Full Papers go into one book, PR Full Papers go into another) with an ISBN, and have a 25-minute presentation slot at the conference.
RPs and PRs have the same submission and registration deadlines. On the other hand, they have different focus and, as such, are reviewed by different committees and subject to different evaluation criteria.

All accepted papers, both full papers and extended abstracts, must be presented in a standard (25 minutes for full papers, 15 minutes for extended abstracts) oral session. There is no official poster session. However, everybody is invited to bring a poster and have it on display for the whole day in which the paper is presented or, if logistics allows, for the duration of the conference.

All submissions must be sent by e-mail together with the Submission Form. We accept .doc/.docx/.pdf formats, preferring PDFs.

Everything you need to know is at:


Extended abstracts (4 pages maximum) will not be included in the Proceedings Books. All approved extended abstracts will be featured in the Conference Book of Abstracts (which will also include the Full Papers' abstracts).
Full papers (minimum 8 pages, maximum 16) will be published in one of the Proceedings Books. There are two different proceedings books: one for research reports, and another for practitioner reports.
The Conference Book of Abstracts will be made available on-line, for free.
The Conference Proceedings Books will be made available on-line, for free, on an open-access basis. Both books will be published with an ISBN number. The research reports book will be submitted to several well-known scientific indices (details on which coming soon).

We will take care to ensure that the Book of Abstracts and both Books of Proceedings are indexable by Google Scholar.
Additionally, the research papers (RP) proceedings book will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI).

If you collaborate with a Journal in the areas of SPSS and are interested in working with us, we will surely like to hear from you.


Jon Goodwin, St. Mary's University College, U.K.

Duncan French, Northumbria University, U.K. (Strength Sports Science)
Lon Kilgore, University of the West of Scotland (Strength Sports Science)
Daniel Cleather, St. Mary's University College, U.K. (Weightlifting)
Alexander Kirketeig, Norwegian Powerlifting Federation, Norway (Powerlifting)
Dietmar Wolf, Norwegian Powerlifting Federation, Norway (Powerlifting)
Adam Spence, St. Mary's University College, U.K. (Strongman)
Chris Beardsley, Strength and Conditioning Research Ltd., U.K. (Bodybuilding)
Richard Blagrove, St. Mary's University College, U.K. (Workshops)

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